Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Sergey Khachatryan won First Prize at the VIII International Jean Sibelius competition in Helsinki in 2000, becoming the youngest ever winner in the history of the competition. In 2005 he claimed First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
In recent seasons, Sergey has performed with the Bamberger Symphoniker (Herbert Blomstedt and Jonathan Nott), Munich Philharmonic (James Gaffigan), Swedish Radio Symphony (Valcuha), Mariinsky Orchestra (Valery Gergiev) and Orchestre de Paris (Andris Nelsons). He has also collaborated with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Sydney Symphony and Melbourne Symphony.
Sergey’s most recent appearances in the US were with the Seattle Symphony (Ludovic Morlot) and National Symphony Orchestra (Washington) (Vasily Petrenko). He has also visited the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony as well as the Ravinia, Blossom and Mostly Mozart Festivals.
Sergey enjoys a particularly close relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductors with whom he has worked both in London and on tour include Sir Charles Mackerras, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Esa Pekka Salonen, Tugan Sokhiev and Juraj Valcuha. He returns in 2013/14 for the Berg Concerto with David Afkham. Other highlights in the season include projects with the Rotterdam Philharmonic (Yannick Nézet-Séguin), Netherlands Radio Philharmonic (Osmo Vänskä), Vienna Symphony (Markus Stenz) and Orchestre de Paris (Gianandrea Noseda).
With his sister Lusine Khachatryan Sergey has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Theatre des Champs Elysees and Cite de la Musique (Paris), Auditori Nacional Madrid, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Philharmonie Luxembourg, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall (New York) and Herbst Theater (San Francisco). The duo embarks on a major recital tour in spring 2014 performing Brahms’ three Sonatas for Violin and Piano.
Sergey’s discography on Naïve Classique includes the Sibelius and Khachaturian concerti with Sinfonia Varsovia and Emmanuel Krivine, both Shostakovich concerti with the Orchestre National de France and Kurt Masur, a recording of the Shostakovich and Franck sonatas for violin and piano and the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach. A disc of the Brahms sonatas for violin and piano was released in June 2013.
Sergey plays the 1740 ‘Ysaÿe’ Guarneri violin on kind loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.